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Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori says Japan should be flexible in resolving the long-standing territorial disagreement with Russia by not sticking too much to the policy of seeking the return of every disputed island off Hokkaido.

Mori, who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in February in Moscow as a special envoy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is proposing a solution that would use economic cooperation, such as development of the Russian Far East, as leverage.

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